Wight Christmas Events for December on the Isle of Wight.
Events December 2011:
The Isle of Wight has something to offer at any time of the year and with lots of festive events in the lead up to Christmas, many of the Island’s major attractions host special events. Community-inspired festivals and fayres are also much in evidence at this time of the year.
Victorian Christmas Tours @ Osborne House. On Wednesdays-Sundays until January 2012 Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, offers pre-booked guided tours which take in the five festively dressed ground floor rooms. Knowledgeable guides retrace royal footsteps relating factual snippets and fascinating anecdotes as they take visitors back in time to bring the festive season at Osborne to life.
1st December 2011: Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group (IWDIG): Aims to support and encourage everyone involved in photography and digital imaging. A sociable Photography/Camera Club who meets every week throughout the year on Wednesday evenings for Photography & Digital Workshop/Tutorials. 7.30pm @ Dimbola Lodge, Terrace Lane, Freshwater. www.iwdig.org.uk
4th – 24th December 2011: Santa Specials at Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Passengers are taken on a 50-minute steam train ride before entering a magical winter wonderland, where adults can enjoy a festive drink and children receive a bag of treats. The youngest visitors can visit Santa’s grotto, where everyone receives a gift. There are also various entertainers to add to the festive fun (Dates vary from 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24th December)
The Island Storytellers invite you to join us for a Christmas storyclub to be held in the Wilberforce Hall, Brighstone on Friday 9th December.
Amidst the decorated trees of the Christmas Tree festival, everyone is welcome to tell a tale or just sit back and listen. Cost £2.
December 2011: Ryde Lantern Parade & Festive Fun Day. A range of activities will be taking place throughout the town from 10am until 7pm, including Morris dancers, African drummers, jugglers, stilt walkers, brass bands, bell ringers, choirs and Father Christmas in his grotto. Many shops will be open until 6pm & the day will end with the fantastic lantern parade & grand firework display.
December 2011: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH MULLED WINE & MINCE PIES Join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie whilst doing your Christmas shopping and help us raise funds for this charity which conserves special places on the island. Brighstone National Trust Shop & Village Museum (next to the Post Office) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
December 2011: The sounds of Christmas will ring out at Island churches during the festive season.
December 2011: Yarmouth Children’s Christmas Lantern Parade & Market plus Carols in the Square.
December 2011: Brighstone’s Christmas Tree Festival The organisers of the Christmas Tree Festival will be lighting the “Tree of Joy” at Brighstone Methodist Church all are invited to join in the carols. Read more from the Island Pulse here:
Almost every town and several Island villages will be celebrating the festive season with delightful decorations, lights and markets. Most notably, the annual Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival will create a magical atmosphere for visitors who can view the beautiful exhibits of over a hundred themed and decorated trees and take part in a brilliant range of festive events in and around the historic hamlets of Brighstone and Mottistone.
To entertain you whilst you enjoy the trees and the delicious refreshments, there will be carol singing and music concerts throughout the four days of the festival, which runs from 10am to 5pm daily. As a charity event, admission to the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival is free. View the full programme at www.bctf.org.uk
December 2010: Newport Christmas Carnival on Saturday from 6.30pm.
December 2011: Huge Hospice Quiz at Lower Hyde Holiday Park Shanklin – 2010 sees the Huge Hospice Quiz celebrate 10 years of brainteasers, headscratchers and fundraising. The quiz has so far raisied over £30,000 for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and we look forward to raising even more at this excellent, fun event. Last year saw over 80 teams pitting their wits against each other and for 2010 we are hoping to take that number to 100! Keep checking back here for registration details and more information. www.iwhospice.org/events/huge-hospice-quiz-2010.aspx
December 2011: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH MULLED WINE & MINCE PIES Join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie whilst doing your Christmas shopping and help us raise funds for this charity which conserves special places on the island. Brighstone National Trust Shop & Village Museum (next to the Post Office) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
December 2011: Christmas Celebration Evening @ Dimbola Lodge. Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group (IWDIG): Members and invited guests will celebrate another year in their achievements www.iwdig.org.uk
December 2011: Ventnor Lantern Parade & Carol Singing on Thursday from 5.45pm.
December 2011: Locals and visitors can mingle at the Cowes Christmas Carnival. Watch the Carnival Parade led my marching bands and cheer at the Carnival Queens as they wave from their Christmas-themed floats. The carnival features youngsters from local schools as well as local businesses, who organise a team of huskies to race through the town ahead of the procession, pulling Father Christmas on his sleigh (www.cowescarnival.co.uk).
24th – 25th December 2011: For those who would like to attend midnight mass, there are plenty of village churches offering Christmas Eve services. The monks of Quarr Abbey will be offering midnight mass to local people and visitors alike at the Island’s Benedictine monastery on 24 December, as well as a mass at 10am on Christmas Day. Visit www.quarrabbey.co.uk for further details.
26th – 28th December 2011: Isle of Wight Steam Railway Mince Pie Specials. After the indulgence of Christmas Day, settle back in a warm and comfortable Victorian or Edwardian carriage and enjoy a steam train journey through the Island’s unspoilt winter landscape… And there’s seasonal refreshments for every adult and child!
With community events taking place almost weekly at venues across the Island, if you would like your event added to the Island Pulse, please e-mail Click HERE: with the date, location and name of the event.
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